SpokenWord every Monday. AWOL writers’ group 5.30pm Sundays at Berkeley Books or The Red Wheelbarrow, see below.

This info last updated 5th Oct 2018. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group
Sundays 5.30pm-7.30pm, at either Berkeley Books or The Red Wheelbarrow – check which here. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description. Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Youssef Alaoui-Fdili to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Smoke

IMG_0381Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is an Arab-Latino, born in California. His mother is Colombiana. His father was Moroccan. The Alaoui-Fdilis are originally from Fez. His brothers and aunts and uncles and cousins are today mostly in Casablanca and Rabat. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. He is also well versed in the most dour and macabre literature of the 19th Century. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Big Bridge, Dusie Press, and nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow. Youssef is an original creator of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.” In 2012 he created Paper Press Books & Associates Publishing Company. This press offers several important books of poetry and one poetry and art compendium. Youssef also serves as an Associate Editor for Big Bridge Press.

Copies of his latest book, “Critics of Mystery Marvel,” a collection of magical persona poems, will be available at the reading.


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Serafina Salvador to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 15th–Monday’s Theme: Meltdown

Short BioSerafina Salvador is a writer,  voice artist and actor who lives in London. An imaginative, innovative, bold, and evocative performer, her experience with acting in theatre, in short films and in television has served her well in developing a voice that resonates both on and offstage!  Her life has been a life based on Eastern philosophy and Western life. This combination influences all of her work and creative expression. Her recent play  Don’t Blame the Parents, Stoopid!  offers us a poetic and philosophical message of comic and cosmic proportion. ( Act I of Her Meltdown will be presented at SpokenWord Paris on Monday). Another theatre piece Don’t Blame the Bankers...Stoopid! tells the story of the banking world in 2008 when the Lehman Brothers et al experienced their own ”meltdown”.  (She was a trader at the time, and has since traded the stock floors for stage doors). The play received critical acclaim and was hailed as ”thought-provoking … a little gem that shows exactly what fringes can achieve.” Indeed, all of her writing may be said to be diabolical, fresh, exciting and honest.



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Malik Crumpler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 8th–Monday’s Theme: Spirits/Ghosts

JSLP 2018 Arat Kilo 2 copieMalik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper & editor that’s released several albums, Glitch Art films & five books of poetry. He is co-editor of The Opiate, co-founder of Bayonics, Those That This, Satori Ideas & Visceral Brooklyn, a guest-editor for Paris Lit Up issues 4 & 5 & a co-curator/ co-host Transatlantic PoetryPoets Live & The Wordists. Malik is also the M.C. for Hip Hop group, Madison Washington with Def Pressé,  whose new album, (((((FACTS))))) will be available Oct. 19. Malik’s new book is Beneath The Underground: Collected Raps 2001- 2018.

For the new album (((((FACTS)))) click here    https://defpresse.bandcamp.com/album/facts
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Jason Stoneking to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 1st–Monday’s Theme: Bespoke/ by hand/ made to order

For the birdsJason Stoneking is an American poet, essayist, and performing artist based primarily in Paris. He has authored two volumes of poetry and four collections of essays. He has also written screenplays and punk music, moonlighted as a chess commentator, and staged numerous performance art pieces. He has been performing his art and writing for more than 25 years, at venues ranging from the main stage at Lollapalooza to the Pont Neuf in Paris and the rooftops of Cairo. He is currently working on a series of unique, handwritten, bespoke books. He is awestruck by the sky, but skeptical of authority.

photo credit: Leslie McAllister

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What Americas are possible? What Americas exist? What Americas are past and gone?

JENNIFER BLOWDRYER got her dumb name from her SF punk band, the Blowdryers, in 1977. She’s written columns for Maximin rock’n’roll, New York press, and downtown, and her books include: white trash debutante, modern English : a slang dictionary, and Good Advice for young trendy people of all ages. She remains a band singer/writer, recent releases include Blowdryer Punk Soul: Pinot Grigio and 4 Essays – the most harmless person you are ever going to meet in your life, Bent Boy Press, SF, 2018. She lives in NYCs East Village.

At SpokenWord she’ll be doing a song called Atlanta to celebrate Americas night, with Steve Wishnia on gypsy guitar, and reading from my new chapbook on Bent Boy press, SF

BONNY FINBERG’s fiction, poetry, essays and photographs have been published and translated internationally in numerous literary journals and anthologies and have been included in various gallery exhibitions. Publications include her novel, “Kali’s Day” (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2014, NY), a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press, NY, 2006); Déja Vu a collection of poetry with her digital collages (Corrupt Press, Paris, 2011) and Sitting Book (Xanadu Press, NY, 2017) a conceptual text and art publication, available at Printed Matter. She is the recipient of a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction and is currently working on her second novel and a memoir about the men she has loved. She lives in NYC.

Jennifer Blowdryer

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Annette Marie Smith to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 17th–Monday’s Theme: Legends

10671356_10152497136163806_4728386147714787502_nAnnette Marie Smith is a writer, artist, freelance journalist, and editor. She is also the creator and curator of the international feminist project, Facing Feminism, for which she received a McKnight Foundation grant. She’s the author of The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow, Tell the Bees, and She Wanted Storms. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, included in numerous anthologies, and translated into German, Italian, and Spanish for publication internationally. It’s traveled the trains and buses within Minnesota’s Metro Transit system as featured poetry where boring ads would normally be, and it’s found a home featured on the labels of Enchanted Beans coffee beans. She is currently working on a novel full of fairytale, myth, adventure and humor, Monster Songs Sung Low and Sweet. Formerly published under Annette Marie Hyder, she is reclaiming her maiden name of Smith in all ways, including publication.Find out more about her at annettemariesmith.com
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Sadie Davidson to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 17th–Monday’s Theme: Legends

imageSadie Davidson is a writer, poet, performer, producer and playwright. She is also a former stripper and recovering addict which she feels colours both her life and work wonderfully. She is the author of “Tales From The Estate”, hosts the long running open mic “Dangerous Poetry” and is the founder of Essex Poetry Collective. She has won a number of poetry slams and was a semi finalist in the 2018 U.K Slam Championships and will be supporting internationally renowned poet Holly McNish in October. She produced her own spoken word album “Council House and Silent” and her debut play “Bare Lies” premiered as part of Southend Festival, in an immersive, site specific location. Sadie has performed at a number of festivals and literary events around the country, including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall.
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SpokenWord Paris’ Writer/Poet in Residence Antonia Alexandra Klimenko Receives 2018 Generosity Award

12193443_10206394331432099_3494109879146543923_n (1)So very honored, grateful and pleased to announce:

“A 2018 Generosity Award goes to the writer Antonia Alexandra Klimenko for her service to writers in Paris, France. A former California Slam winner, Antonia is outstanding in her service to international writers through the Spoken Word Series in Paris, created and directed by David Barnes.

A second 2018 Generosity Award goes to Nina Alonso Hathaway for her service to other writers in the greater Boston literary community, and toward  some of the publication costs of the literary magazine, Constellations.

These annual awards were set up by Kathleen Spivack and Joseph Murray. There is no application process.

Though the awards are small, we wanted to quietly honor the large-heartedness that exists within our communities.”

Kathleen Spivack

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Karina Castan aka ”Naima” to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 10th–Monday’s Theme: Enigma

37856970_10156655443833216_5364717613618298880_oKarina ”Naima” Castan has performed at the Sydney Opera House in the Australian Poetry Slam; in ski town Colorado in snowy taverns; in House parties in Israel/Palestine; at dive bars in Los Angeles and originally, in quaint cafes in Tasmania. To play music and rhyme is her natural inclination. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Sometimes her ideas question the world’s ways and culture “versus” nature or surreal autobiographical creations.  She doesn’t identity with a name or a nation. She, herself, is an enigma.  She is sure to bring you something ephemeral in the month of September.

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Plumbline (Jeffrey Jaiyeola) to guest at SpokenWord Paris September 3rd–Monday’s theme: Healing Old Wounds

image1Plumbline (Jeffrey Jaiyeola) is a Nigerian poet who happens to be a geoscientist. He started writing at the age of 11 in reaction to his elder sister’s short story which had a rather sad ending because he wanted a ‘happy ending’. Today, his poems have sad themes all in hope of that ‘Grand Happy Ending’ sometime in the unknown future. He started out rapping in 2004 and always caught attention with his stark storytelling, intricate rhyme scheme and wordplay. About that time, a budding community of spoken word poets was developing, aided by the emergence of cafés to provide after-office-hour hangouts for the young working class. In that regard, he is seen as one of the pioneer spoken word poets in Nigeria. He loves to tell the Nigerian story, warts and all, because he strongly believes old wounds only truly heal when re-opened and treated. He is one half of H.I.D.D.E.N, the other half being Nigerian Poducer, Kraftmatiks. Together they are working on a Project for the Internally Displaced Persons from the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.
Plumbline is on Twitter as @Plumbtifex and the H.I.D.D.E.N is on Instagram as @contactthehidden.

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